[funsec] "Safest ever" passport is not fit for purpose

Cornali Remo Remo.Cornali at rcs.it
Mon Mar 5 11:42:50 CST 2007



They are the "safest ever", according to the Government. But the Daily
Mail reveals today how easily a person's identity can be stolen from new
biometric passports.

A shocking security gap allows the personal details and photograph in
any electronic passport to be copied from the outside of the envelope in
which it is delivered to homes.

The passport holder is none the wiser when it arrives because the white
envelope has not been tampered with or opened.

Using a simple gadget built from parts bought on the Internet, it took
the Mail less than four hours to copy the details from one passport.



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